Originally posted by Erik
Any suggestions on where to get shinai and a rubber knife that doesn't flop around in an embarassing way?
How about one of the foam rubber tantos used in tanto-randori competition? To the eye of a traditional aikidoka, they probably look a bit silly, but it definitely wont hurt if you get hit with it. (A lot of the tsuki strikes in competitive randori hit the mark, so even a bamboo tanto would probably cause injury.)
I'm not too sure where you'd get one though. If you're based in the US, the JAA-USA could probably help you out: